Beltway Happenings
May 17, 2006--Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) joined group of congressmen including Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL) and others to promote plug-in hybrid vehicles.  (He is holding the plug in his hand).  "The key here is stretching each gallon of petroleum further," Brownback said. 

CalCars boasts its plug-in hybrid vehicle can get more than 100 miles per gallon.  The prototype car uses a lithium-ion battery.  It was converted from a Toyota Prius by EnergyCS/EDrive, a Monrovia, California-based company.  There is also a Canadian company that does the conversions.  Conversions will soon be commercially available, but the cost may run from $10-12,000.

Brownback is an original co-sponsor of the Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act (S.2025), a bill introduced by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) in November 2005.  Brownback said he thinks the legislation has "quite good prospects."

CalCars: The California Cars Initiative
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